Where is the PAFF?

The Annual PA Firefly Festival takes place on the grounds of the Black Caddis Ranch B & B in Kellettville, just 15 miles east of Tionesta on Route 666. The address is 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, Pa 16353.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


We have a new website:  Pafireflyfestival.org Check it out.  It will have all the information about the PA Firefly Festival, vendor and musician applications, directions, volunteer information, education programs, donor and contact information.  You can still count on the blog to inform you of current events, meetings and updates.  We will keep it running at least through this year's festival.

The April meeting is this Sunday, 4/10 at 1:00 pm.  Among the usual agenda items will be T-shirt design approval. Anyone interested in helping with the festival is welcome to join us.  Contact us if you need directions.

The board would like to thank Rowan Hughes for her help and hard work with setting up and maintaining the website.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March meeting tomorrow

Our second meeting is tomorrow at Black Caddis Ranch in Kellettville at 2:00 pm.  We have lots to cover and looking forward to June.  We meet monthly from now until June.  As you can imagine, a lot goes into the planning and implementing.  Anyone is welcome to join us who is interested in volunteering and being part of the festival committee. Contact Peggy at pafireflyfestival@gmail.com or call her at 814-463-7606.

We have already scheduled 6 musical groups and most of last year's nature center participants are planning on returning.  Food trucks and craft vendors are lining up too.  We are accepting applications for craft vendors.  So contact us and we will get you an application.  This year something new is planned, the Tionesta Lions Club will be serving a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning, June 26 for all the campers and locals to raise funds for their Relay for Life Team at the Black Caddis Ranch.  So if you camping or staying overnight in the area, be sure to come eat breakfast before you pack up on Sunday morning.

As a free event, we rely solely on the donations of friends and sponsors.  Your contributions help us to reimburse musicians for travel, cover the cost of merchandise like t-shirts and flashlights, advertising and sanitation.  We appreciate any and all support at any level.  Please, contact us or visit our crowdfunding website https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Pennsylvania-Firefly-Festival to make a donation.   We are projecting good weather for June, so we are expecting record crowds for the 2016 PA Firefly season.  Hope to see you there.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Planning is Underway!

Our first planning meeting for the 4th Annual PA Firefly Festival will be Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Black Caddis Ranch B&B at 1:00 pm.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  We will be discussing committees that include grants, fundraising, advertising, exhibits, entertainment, vendors, merchandise and education.  Please, call or contact me if you would like to attend or have any questions.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Huplits Wildlife Grant Award

We are proud to announce the PAFF has been awarded a 2-year grant for the new Educational Outreach Program (EOP) from the Allegheny chapter of the Sierra Club.  We will be using the over $10,000 grant to help us develop and implement a program that will focus on 5 goals for the next 2 years:

·         develop curricular materials and educational displays about fireflies and their habitat
·         attract more scientists to the festival, increasing the quality of the educational programs
·         bring firefly habitat protection and awareness to local, state and federal agencies
·         enlist local residents in long-term monitoring of firefly populations
·         create a summer internship, recruiting from nearby institutions of higher education

We are looking forward to what this funding will enable us to do.  We also want to encourage and invite concerned firefly enthusiasts to participate and get involved with this project.  If you are interested in any of the above goals, please contact us, and we will give you more information about how you can help. Call 814-463-7606 or email us at pafireflyfestival@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

3rd PAFF Wet but Success

Despite the torrential rain, we persevered with the festival events and firefly watching.  Three-hundred-fifteen, 315 intrepid firefly watchers, enthusiasts, musicians, artists and volunteers braved the weather and were rewarded.  The "Nature Center" was constantly full of people engaged with the rangers, naturalists and entomologists.  The Food Trucks delivered scrumptious freshly prepared meals and snacks.  No one went hungry.  The kids flocked around Adele as she led them out into the fields to catch "bugs" and identify lots of other critters. The bands sheltered on the stage, and entertained us all afternoon into nightfall. The merchandise table was busy all day selling t-shirts, glowsticks, flashlights, and the must-have PAFF blue rain ponchos. Finally, when the time came for firefly watching, the rain stopped, temperatures held and we saw the Summer's Dazzling Gift of fireflies.  The "Chinese Lanterns", Photuris versicolor, along the Tionesta creek created a fairy land walkway and the "Synchronous", Photinus carolinus, provided the dazzling show in the Lil' Minister creek hollow.

We want to thank all the PAFF board members and volunteers whose planning and work made this all possible: Ken & Peggy Butler, Christine Hendryx, Bruce Parkhurst, Bill & Mary Belitskus, John Stoneman, Joe & Sam Butler, Tara Nadeau, Kayla Davis, Rob Santangelo, Guy & Jane Ball, Gail & Marshall Ariza, Mike Toole, Paula Hanahan, teens from the Taylor Diversion Program plus numerous friends and family who jumped in and gave a hand where ever they saw a need.

Next, we want to thank all the participants and exhibitors who provided all the information about our great natural resources: Adele Wellman, Allegany State Park, NY; Mark Szajkowski, USDA Forest Service; Ceclie Stelter, DCNR- Bureau of Forestry; Rodney Daum, Rick McKee USACE Tionesta Lake; Chris Mosebach, Oil Creek State Park; Jennifer Moore, Chapman Dam State Park and Dr. Denise Piechnick, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford.  The exhibits in the "Nature Center" were the highlight of the day not just because it was the driest place, but because everyone was so welcoming.

We also want to recognize all the ARTISTS (food, music and crafters): Farah & Rick of Jammin' Gyros; Mary & Wilson Taylor of Annabelle's; Casey & Cariese Henning of Mobile Fresca; Stoney & Co; Jane and Mandi of Detention; Rob & Gene with Joyful Noise; Gustav Redick and The Uriah Effect; Matt Miskie; and Dominick DeCecco; Megan Merz/Hootbark; Dolores Joshua/Mayburg Mercantile; Nora Davidson/Kneat and Paul Lukas/Bug Boxes.  We had some who had to pass on the day, but still contributed items for the door prize give away, so we thank Jane Timothy/Cottage on Vine; Chris Coleman/Chris Crafts; John Seifert/J&M Emporium; Lew Cooke/Allegheny Walking Sticks, Rachel Bryson/Phat Sacs.

Last, but not least, we thank all the sponsors and friends who faithfully and generously donated funds and/or contributed in-kind to the PAFF and Educational Outreach: Christine & Eric, Jan Hendryx, Tionesta Lions Club, Jack & Grace Sherman, The Flying W Ranch, Jeff Blum Contracting, Heffern's Septic Service, Advanced Sanitation Services, Justin Jones Photography, Blue Gill Graphics, Paula Hanahan Designs, Allegheny Defense Project, Heartwood, John Stoneman, Razoo.com Foundation donors, Black Caddis Ranch B&B and friends Beverly Rowan, Rodney Daum, Stephen & Marion Sherwood, Jim & Pat Mays, Barbara C Litten, Brian Sherman.